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Full time Butler/Household Manager

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Durban, South Africa

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Our Clients are seeking an experienced and energetic Butler/Household Manager/Chef to join the team in this private residence.

In addition to being a household manager/butler the candidate will also be required to cook on a daily basis and for formal and informal functions.

A significant part of the role will include the provision of high-end hospitality to dignitaries and VIP guests.

This is a hybrid role combining the duties of a traditional butler, chef and household manager. The role will have overall responsibility for the smooth running of both the private household and the presentation of the whole house to the highest standards of housekeeping.

Given the nature and profile of the property, the Principals sometimes entertain formally, whether that be privately, for the business or for let hospitality. At these times the traditional butler duties are required, working to compliment and supervise an outside chef.

​More regularly the family have a more informal, modern lifestyle, and the role will be that of a general household manager combined with a chef for more informal entertaining.

Vacancy duties and responsibilities


Manage and effectively coordinate all household activities

Supervise the housekeepers and cleaners

Assist in the planning of all hospitality including liaison with other staff

Periodic laying up and serving at a formal table and liaison with an outside chef

Periodic preparation and serving of more informal meals for small numbers (less than 12)

Meeting all guests, dealing with luggage, arranging transport and ensuring they are comfortable throughout their stay

Some personal valeting duties and arrangement of dry cleaning

Occasional driving, car valeting and shopping

Care of all antiques (in conjunction with curators), crystal, silver, fine china and linen

Report any missing articles, damage and mechanical problems and ensure they are dealt with speedily

Responsibility for household budget - purchasing, stock control and accounts

Management of the wine cellar

Supervision of tradespeople and contractors

Assist in the management of alarms and do occasional security shifts to cover the holidays and sickness of the caretaking team.

Occasional dog walking/sitting

Follow Health & Safety and security procedures

Liaise directly with the Principal Lady


  • ​A flexible can-do attitude

  • A genuine proven love of service, entertaining, food and wine

  • Appreciation of historic interiors

  • Previous experience in a similar role

  • Fully trained Butler

  • Confident, professional and welcoming personality

  • Proficient but not necessarily professional cooking skills, using fresh seasonal ingredients

  • Ability to motivate and lead a team and work with a peer group

  • High level of integrity

  • Dog lover

  • IT literate

  • Full, clean driving license

  • Impeccable appearance and professional attitude

  • Numerate

  • First Aid training/qualified will be a plus

  • Health & Safety training/qualified will be a plus

About the Company

As division of Rubert International, Rubert Recruit is a leading bespoke luxury household and domestic staff sourcing and placement agency.

Our specialist recruitment consultants, who come from the same industry, have extensive experience in placing private chefs, governesses, private pilots, private yacht crew, house managers, palace managers, chauffeurs, housekeepers, nannies, and tutors for the ultra-high net worth individuals and their private residences, villas, compounds, and estates.

We take pride in our personalized and discreet approach, ensuring that each placement is tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of our clients.

Our focus on excellence, professionalism, and attention to detail has earned us a reputation as the preferred recruitment partner for the most discerning clients. Trust us to provide you with the best possible candidates who will seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle and exceed your expectations.

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